Magazine article Aging Today

Facing and Fixing Older Adult Homelessness: AiA's 2017 Diversity Summit

Magazine article Aging Today

Facing and Fixing Older Adult Homelessness: AiA's 2017 Diversity Summit

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Progress on racial inequality stalled in the 1970s and 1980s in the United States, according to "Inequality Matters," a 2014 Stanford University white paper by Prudence Carter and Sean F. Reardon (goo.gl/yuEMzF). And economic inequality has been on the rise since the 1940s. Gender inequality may have been reversed in the areas of education and health, but it persists in the labor market. People in the LGBT community have gained equal protections in some spheres, however, they continue to face bias and invisibility. But how, specifically, are diverse populations of older adults faring under such social inequalities?

The 2017 Diversity Summit: "Inequality Matters: Focus on Older Adult Homelessness," may provide some answers. The Summit, to be held at the Aging in America Conference in Chicago on Thursday, March 23, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., takes more than just its name from the abovementioned white paper-session content follows the paper's four key domains of inequality (socioeconomic, health, political and sociocultural) to examine the growing issue of older adult homelessness.

The 2017 Summit features an all-new group of experts identified by ASA's Network on Multicultural Aging (NOMA), LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN), Network on Environments, Services and Technologies (NEST) and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. This distinguished faculty will explore homelessness, with a special focus on older veterans, indigenous elders, older people with disabilities and older women.

The Summit will address the risk factors for homelessness; which cohorts are disproportionately affected; behavioral and public health implications of a rise in older adult homelessness; innovative programs serving homeless elders; and the policy and advocacy efforts needed to develop more inclusive and accessible services for all homeless elders. The new Administration's role in ameliorating homelessness also will be discussed. …

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